Beating the Winter Blues as a Sunny State Student


If you’ve already been accepted into college, you’re probably thinking, “What now?” Well, you have to complete the FAFSA, continue your schoolwork, and daydream about what your college experiences will be like while doing so. However, one facet of college life that students often overlook is the climate of the state they’ll be moving to in just a few months. I was one of those students and I wish I could’ve prepared a lot more for Connecticut’s climate during summer in Florida. Below is a list of ways you can beat the winter blues when coming from a sunny state, whether it be Florida, California, or Texas, and how to plan ahead – and what to expect – for the climate in a timely manner.

Start saving up!

First and foremost, finances are intertwined more than you think with such a transition. Whether you are currently working, or are searching for a job you can have during the summer, be frugal with your summer decisions. This degree of frugality varies for everyone, depending on his or her socioeconomic status. If you’re coming from a low-income background, try to not snatch the first aesthetically pleasing outfit you see on a mannequin when walking into a store. Instead, think about all the outfits you will need in the winter. This leads me to my second point…

Wait until you get to school.

Living in a sunny state, you might find it difficult to locate stores that sell winter gear; therefore, it’s best to wait until you get to school. Many times, you’ll find Quest Scholars on campus who are willing to carpool and take you to places nearby that sell adequate – and affordable – winter gear. Some items that should be on your list are: coats, boots, thick socks, gloves, earmuffs, winter hats, scarves, and long-sleeved shirts. Another important item that you might have at home already is tank tops! Layering is the most efficient way to keep you warm in cold climates so make sure to pack some before you go. This list may seem extensive but you’ll need these items once the temperature begins to drop.

Don’t drop your social life when temperatures drop.

Chances are that when you arrive to college the weather will be warm. As nice as it is to spend as much time as possible in the sunshine, don’t forget to do the same when the winter rolls around. You may be tempted to stay inside in your cozy dorm, but spending time with friends, going to classes, and attending regular activities/cubs is just as important.

Be aware of mood changes.

Many students may experience sudden mood changes when they move to places with vastly different climates. Sometimes, especially during the fall, there may be constant rain, clouds, and overall dreary weather. Once the winter hits, it’ll be snowing often. If you start to feel gloomy and under the weather, realize that it’s okay to feel that way. To fix this, however, continue to exercise, socialize with friends, and reach out to the counseling and psychological services center at your college, if you find it necessary.

Think about spring and the warmer weather you’ll return to soon.

The most exciting part of going to college in a state where there are seasons is the transition from winter to spring. Spring also allows for more student activities to occur outdoors. For instance, at my college, Wesleyan University, a lot of students attend Spring Fling. Make sure you attend events, which will make the transition out of winter an even better one.

Belen Rodriguez BloggerBelen Rodriguez, Wesleyan ’19

Belen is a first-year student at Wesleyan University. She is Cuban, but was born in Los Angeles, CA, and has lived in Naples, FL, nearly her entire life. She’s pursuing a double major in both Science in Society and Government during her time at Wesleyan University, with an interest in going into public healthcare in the future.